CT-33 Silver Star, F-AYMD
The T-33 was the US Army’s first training jet, designed for training pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. It was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening the fuselage about three feet to accommodate a second cockpit.
Originally designated the TF-80C, the T-33 made its first flight in 1948. Production continued until 1959 with 5,691 T-33s built. In addition to its use as a trainer, the T-33 has been used for such tasks as drone director and target towing, and in some countries even as a combat aircraft.
The T-33 is one of the world’s best-known aircraft, having served with the air forces of more than 20 different nations over several decades. The T-33A on display was flown to the museum in 1962.
The F-AYMD was produced under licence in Canada in 1954 by Canadair as CT-133 No. 263. It was one of 656 CT-133s built by Canadair and powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene 10 instead of the Allison J33 originally selected by Lockheed for US production. After its career in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), it was one of the last aircraft used.
This aircraft was purchased by François Dubreuil from the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ontario, Canada. Under registration C-FUPK, the jet was no longer flying, but was in excellent condition and was regularly taken out to run its engines.
Its livery is reminiscent of the École d’Aviation de Chasse de Meknès then Tours, which was a long-time user of the type for the French Air Force. It is not authentic, as it represents the T-33 with which Michel Tanguy obtained his first aerial victory at the end of his first adventures, the 1959 album l’École des Aigles.
Operator: Top Gun Voltige Manufacturing date: 1954 Serial number: 133263 Livery: Comic strip "Tanguy et Laverdure, l’école des Aigles"